The small French town of Merignat rests just near the Swiss border in a little-known VDQS called Bugey. The vineyards are hard to detect, little patches here and there on steep slopes looking southeast or southwest, lost in the midst of fields with grazing cows, and dense forests. The total Bugey acreage in vineyards is just 170 hectares. The varietals are many, borrowed from all the surrounding areas: Gamay, Poulsard (a grape from Northern Jura), Roussette, Mondeuse (both from Savoie) and Chardonnay. Many still wines are produced, but the region's star wine is the Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale, a semi-dry, pink bubbly made by spontaneous, but incomplete, fermentation. These wines are best consumed as young as possible to enjoy their freshness.
This is a new wine from the Renardat family; organic grapes as are all from their estate, Methode Ancestrale as with the Bugey Cerdon - it is 10.5% alcohol with 5-7 grams RS - very crisp, refreshing and delicious !!